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Newcastle Linked With Prolific Catalan Striker

10:59 pm, Saturday, May 31st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

Newcastle are reported interested in Red Bull Salzburg striker Jonathan Soriano, and in the last two seasons, since he joined the Austrian club from Barcelona, he has scored an amazing 82 goals in 96 appearances.

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Jonathan Soriano – 28 year-old Catalan striker

But one thing not in his favor is that the former Barcelona B player turns 29 in September, and the report in Football Direct News is that Bafe Gomis is a top target for Newcastle, but that this player is also on the list – but how far down the list we don’t know.

Because Mike Ashley owns Football Direct news – maybe these reports could have some truth in them – but maybe not.

Spanish-born Soriano joined Espanyol back in 2002, and then in 2009 he moved to Barcelona where he played mainly for the Barcelona B side (47 appearances and 37 goals) and just once for the Barcelona first team.

He has played four times with one goal for Catalonia, and played for all the Spanish Youth sides with 4 appearances at the U21 level where  he scored 8 goals, and in 25 total appearances for all the Spanish youth sides, he scored 28 goals.

Not too bad.

So at least the 28 year-old certainly seems to have an eye for goal, but if we were to hazard a guess we’d say Newcastle will sign only one older striker, if any at all, and it seems that we may go after Soriano only if Newcastle cannot get Bafe Gomis to Tyneside.

And last season the 5’11″ tall Catalan striker finished top scorer in the Europa League with 11 goals in 9 matches for the Austrian club.

He definitely seems a decent back-up for Gomis, and in the  last 24 hours it seems that Newcastle are indeed trying to sign free-agent  Gomis, and we think he would be a good signing for the club.

But why didn’t we try to get him tied up earlier in the year?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Europa League · European Competition · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours



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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Thump // May 31, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Ah, Football Direct News. NUFCs very own propaganda machine.

    “Look! We’re actually doing something! We made a website and hired Colin and everything!

  • 2 geordieman // May 31, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    To be honest Ed I see this as a non starter. Ashley does not sanction moves for players who have no re-sale value so I even thing the Gomis links are paper talk. I could however, be wrong.

  • 3 ToonMatt // May 31, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Football direct news reported last year that we wanted to sign Wayne Rooney, It’s hideous like the person who owns it.

  • 4 jayphoto // May 31, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Soriano looked decent in europe! Be nice to sign a player in peak stage rather thzn develop players to be sold at their peak

  • 5 JamesToon // May 31, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Don’t want sorriano or gomis or bender

  • 6 JamesToon // May 31, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    bendter*

  • 7 Mister Tuff // May 31, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Jail – evening – I cannot quite remember that guys’ blog name escapes me at the moment. I remember he was an expert on accounts and a successful businessman. He did seem reluctant to disclose details of his business though -even though he “cited” it to support his posts.
    Probably runs a hot dog cart -and absolutely nothing the matter with that.

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // May 31, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Thump,
    I still can’t get over how much these lot get away with, a leak to Sky sports about four players being sanctioned before the half price ticket deals went out.

  • 9 scout // May 31, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    What a bunch of jokers, we couldnt sign a contract to get the windows cleaned……… roll on league 1
    LC been there years, keeps a low profile, no wonder, have to apologise to anyone on here for siding with this lot. Feeling at an all time low at the minute. Sad times

  • 10 JamesToon // May 31, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    If it’s pardew’s choice we will probably sell:

    OUTS:
    Tim Krul – £15m
    Mathieu Debuchy – £10m
    James Tavernier – £1m
    Mapou Yanga-M’Biwa – £6m
    Steven Taylor – £3m
    Vernon Anita – £4m
    Sylvain Marveaux – £3m
    Jonas Gutierrez – £2m
    Gabby Obertan – £1m
    Hatem Ben Arfa – £5m
    Haris Vuckic – £1m
    Shane Ferguson – £1m
    Romain Amalfitano – £1m
    Papiss Cisse – £5m (Unlikely as he is injured)

    Total in: £58m

    I will be happy if we sell them as long as we bring in these calibre of players:

    INS:
    Fraser Forster
    Carl Jenkinson
    Steven Caulker
    Jamaal Lascelles
    Jack Rodwell
    Clement Grenier
    Remy Cabella
    Andros Townsend
    Wilfred Zaha
    Alexandre Lacazette
    Ayoze Perez

  • 11 scout // May 31, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Lampard would have been quality to steady the ship, instead well get some two bob muppet

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // May 31, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    JamesToon,
    I think you’re well out with 15M for Krul, how much would that make Forster worth ?

  • 13 Graeme // May 31, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    If he signs, where is the supply line coming from? The creative mid-field simply isnt played by P45DUE. He seems to think goals grow on trees or something.

    Shock, horror Alan – to score goals REGULARLY requires dicipline, understanding and TEAMWORK. It doesnt matter how good the striker is, he needs players to put him through on goal. Wether it is a pass, a cross, a corner, a lay-off – without the creativity, the striker is a dead duck. Why cant you understand this simple, basic fact of life???




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